Certificate of Appropriateness Testimony

[email protected] – Testimony for LPC Zoom Hearing on June 15 , 2021

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Certificate of Appropriateness Testimony

Item 1

170 Central Park West – The New York Historical Society – Individual Landmark – UpperWest Side/Central Park West Historic District.

Manhattan – Block 1129 – Lot 29 Zoning:R10A R8B CD: 7


A Roman Eclectic style museum and library, designed by York and Sawyer and built in 1903 – 1908, with wings added in 1937-1938 by Walker and Gillette. Application is to demolish a free-standing wall, construct an addition, reconstruct and alter the library stack tower, and alter the south façade.

Architect: Robert A.M. Stern Architects

HDC supports this proposal. Its scale and design are contextually sensitive, and the changes will be a valuable addition to  the surrounding Upper West Side/Central Park West Historic District. After seeing many proposals for this site, we find this one meets high standards of architectural and historic preservation, and we urge LPC approve it. HDC also thanks the applicant for the extensive research, level of detail and clarity displayed in their presentation. 


LPC determination: approved

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